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'Bachelor' Host Chris Harrison Breaks Down 'Listen to Your Heart' & Why It's the 'Community' We Need Right Now

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Chris Harrison attends the 45th annual Daytime Emmy Awards at Pasadena Civic Auditorium on April 29, 2018 in Pasadena, Calif.

While The Bachelorette may have paused production due to the coronavirus pandemic, Bachelor fans still have something to look forward with the franchise's newest series, Listen to Your Heart.

The spinoff will combine life's powerful forces of love and music, by gathering 20 single men and women to find connection through singing well-known songs, both individually and as couples, and ultimately falling in love.

"It was an aspect that I didn’t expect or see coming, which is what music does to the soul, and how one connects to the other," the show's host, Chris Harrison, told Billboard. "How great music can come out of love and how love comes out of great music. It was really interesting to have that added level of intimacy in the musical performances. You have to trust, you have to believe and you can’t shake that. It was really evident when people were onstage, who the real couples were and who were just going through the motions."

"It was fun to do a new show, but also fun to cast a completely new group of people that are looking for love and definitely also have that musical love," he added.

Because there are "no performances until the relationships are really cemented" in the house where the contestants will be staying, Billboard needed to know if we can expect the same level of drama as the rest of the Bachelor franchise. "This is definitely the most dramatic season of Listen to Your Heart, I guarantee it," Harrison joked.

"You know what’s funny? There’s this wonderful familiarity with the show," he continued. "When you’re watching the first episode, you’re going to think, if you’re a Bachelor fan, 'Okay, this feels right and familiar.' But then immediately, you have this eccentric, exciting twist where it also feels fresh and new, so it is this great blend between the two worlds of a new show and it’s still The Bachelor."

Not to mention another exciting twist, a weekly panel of celebrities including Kesha, Jason Mraz, Andy Grammer, Jewel, Rita Wilson and more who will judge the performances. The celebs will also be joined by popular Bachelor alums, "because who better to judge the chemistry and if this couple is really legit than our own familiar faces?”

Most of all, Harrison hopes Listen to Your Heart will provide a bit of positivity in such a globally scary time. "The world is what it is right now," he said. "We’re quarantined and we’re all desiring community right now, something to feel a part of. The Bachelor and The Bachelorette have always been a community, it’s always been that thing. I’m really excited that we do have something that’s really solid that everyone can dive into and feel like they’re all part of."

"It’s fun and, yeah, there’s drama but it’s wholesome and everyone can watch it together," he concluded. "I think people are going to feel good watching it and overall, it’s really positive."

The Bachelor Presents: Listen to Your Heart, the previously recorded six-episode special event, premieres Monday (April 13) at 8 p.m. EST on ABC. Watch the preview below.